Born on the Polo fields of India in 1931, the Reverso was the inspired to solution to the problem of broken replica watch glasses, devised by Swiss entrepreneur Cesar De Trey. He envisaged a replica watch that could rotate while on the wrist, presenting its case back during rough activities and keeping the fragile glass safe from harm. De Trey turned to LeCoultre to provide the movements for this new replica watch who, in turn, commission the cases from Jaeger. The final Reverso case was the work of French engineer René-Alfred Chauvot.
This elegant replica watch, as suited to the city as the sports field became the epitome of Art Deco style. The case was very complex to produce containing about 30 parts (the modern version has over 50). This meant that the Swiss fake Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Art Deco watch was not produced in that other great Art Deco material – Platinum – as the metal was too dense and hard to machine.
Fast-forward to 2001 and this oversight was rectified with the launch of the Reverso Platinum One. If this was to be the first limited edition Reverso to be cased in this noble metal, it had to be something special – and it was. A fully skeletonised and decorated white gold ultra-thin movement was housed in the Grande Taille case.
The reversibility of the case suits a skeletonised replica watch perfectly as the exquisite decoration of the movement can be viewed from both sides without removing the replica watch from the wrist. Produced in a limited edition of 500 pieces, this is unlikely to find itself strapped to a polo player’s wrist whilst playing. The original function now allows full appreciation of this horological gem.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Number One replica watch will go up for sale as lot 38 in the Replica Watches auction on Thursday 4th July. Click here more information and pictures.